Kitchen Garden

Soil is Ready

Garden Soil
Garden Soil

LAKE MACBRIDE— The soil is ready. If there was ice in it a few days ago, it is now mellow from recently departed frost and dry weather. Rich and soft and easy to work. I’ll turn over a plot after work at the warehouse. What to plant next?

I have become a buyer of beets, cabbage, potatoes, kohlrabi, and other common vegetables. Eschewing those, the first plot will add carrots, spinach, turnips and radishes to the lettuce broadcast there this week. I’ll time the radish planting to provide a continuous harvest through the end of spring. Too, I’ll leave space to transplant lettuce started indoors when the weather warms. Once the spring vegetables finish, the space will be used for something else.

April has been a very busy month. The late spring, coupled with four public speaking events in the next two weeks, many jobs, and yard and garden work, filled my calendar to overflowing. I’m not complaining. Just sayin’.

The whirlwind between now and Memorial Day weekend has begun.